New Senior Leadership to drive growth at Rack Group

Rack Group New MD Stuart Ovington

Industrial racking services specialist Rack Group has appointed two senior executives as we continue to invest in strategic growth across UK and international operations.

Stuart Ovington has been appointed as managing director of our Barnsley-based company. Stuart brings over 20 years’ senior management and sales experience to the role, joining from a ship safety company. He will be responsible for leading Rack Group as we continue to develop and grow throughout the UK, Europe and USA.

Angela Pearson joins the company as key account manager, with extensive new business skills and sales expertise. Angela will oversee customer growth and lead the company’s development as a go-to solutions provider for racking services.

The appointments come as the Rack Group, part of IWS Group, has continued to maintain a strong performance during the pandemic. The company has ambitious plans for growth in 2022, investing in resources and high-quality industrial racking services across the UK with a network of international distributors for its range of impact protection solutions.

Stuart Ovington said:

“It’s a really exciting time to join. We have a great team who are passionate about delivering fantastic results this year and beyond. In the coming months, we will be unveiling our new branding, as well as a new website.

We have a great advantage of being able to offer complete solutions for companies with storage equipment, as well as manufacturing our own range of impact protection guards and barriers. This end-to-end service makes us unique and unrivalled in the industry. Customers looking for added value expertise and quality products come to us as their one-stop-shop.”

Jeroen Van Den Berge, director of IWS Group, said:

“We are delighted to welcome Stuart and Angela to the Rack Group team. They will be a tremendous asset with their insight, experience and expertise, helping to drive excellent results for the growing IWS Group and secure our position as a leading solutions supplier to warehouse, storage and logistics sectors.”

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Rack Group celebrates commitment to Real Living Wage

Rack Group Real Living Wage Employer

Rack Group has today been accredited as a Living Wage Employer

Our Living Wage commitment will see everyone working at Rack Group receive a minimum hourly wage of £9.50 in the UK or £10.85 in London. Both rates are significantly higher than the government minimum for over 23s, which currently stands at £8.91 per hour.

Rack Group, part of IWS Group, is based in Yorkshire and the Humber, a region with one of the highest proportions of non-Living Wage jobs in the country (22%), with over 465,000 jobs paying less than the real Living Wage. Despite this, Rack Group has committed to pay the real Living Wage and deliver a fair day’s pay for a hard day’s work.

The real Living Wage is the only rate calculated according to the costs of living. It provides a voluntary benchmark for employers that wish to ensure their staff earn a wage they can live on, not just the government minimum. Since 2011 the Living Wage movement has delivered a pay rise to over 250,000 people and put over £1.3 billion extra into the pockets of low paid workers.

Laura Gardiner, Director, Living Wage Foundation said:

“We’re delighted that Rack Group has joined the movement of over 7,000 responsible employers across the UK who voluntarily commit to go further than the government minimum to make sure all their staff earn enough to live on.

They join thousands of small businesses, as well as household names such as Burberry, Barclays, Everton Football Club and many more. These businesses recognise that paying the real Living Wage is the mark of a responsible employer and they, like Rack Group, believe that a hard day’s work deserves a fair day’s pay.”

For further help and support on your journey to becoming an accredited Living Wage Employer visit the Living Wage Foundation website.

If you like the sound of working at Rack Group, check out our latest opportunities on the IWS Group careers page.

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